SRJC Course Outlines

7/27/2021 12:16:22 PMWTR 111 Course Outline as of Fall 2012

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  WTR 111Title:  WATER DISTRIBUTION OPER  
Full Title:  Water Distribution System Operator
Last Reviewed:2/13/2017

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled017.5 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  ENVT 111

Catalog Description:
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This course provides training in the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a potable water distribution system. Course covers components of water distribution system facilities, flow in pipes, storage facilities, pumps, instrumentation and control, distribution system operation and maintenance, distribution system water quality, safety, and record keeping.  Prepares students for the State of California certification examination for Water Distribution System Operator.

Course Completion of WTR 102 ( or ENVT 102 or ENVT 200.2)

Recommended Preparation:

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Provides training in the knowledge and skills required to safely operate a water distribution system facility. Prepares students for the State of California certification examination for Water Distribution System Operator Grades D1 and D2 .
(Grade Only)

Prerequisites:Course Completion of WTR 102 ( or ENVT 102 or ENVT 200.2)
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Inactive:
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
CSU Transfer:Effective:Inactive:
UC Transfer:Effective:Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Certificate Applicable Course


Outcomes and Objectives:
Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:
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1. Identify all the major components that make up a potable water distribution system, understand the purpose and operation of each, and be able to operate these components.
2. Determine head loss in common piping configurations used in potable water distribution systems.
3. Identify the commonly used pipe materials used in potable water distribution systems and the advantages and disadvantages of each.
4. Identify the different types of valves used in a potable water distribution system, and understand the purpose and operation of each type.
5. Identify and describe the most commonly used types of storage facilities.
6. Specify the correct size centrifugal pump for common pumping
applications in a potable water distribution system.
7. Identify and specify the correct instrument or control system for the most common operational monitoring and control needs in a potable water distribution system.
8. Determine if the physical facilities in a potable water distribution
system are operating correctly.
9. Disinfect new and existing wells, pumps, mains, and storage
facilities; calculate chlorine dosages.
10. Identify types of contaminants that could get into a potable water
distribution system, identify and remove sources of contaminants in
distribution systems.
11. Develop and conduct a potable water distribution system water quality
monitoring program.
12. Accurately measure basic water quality parameters from distribution
system samples such as pH, temperature, chlorine residual.
13. Conduct an effective flushing program.
14. Develop a record keeping system for a potable water distribution
system and keep accurate records.
15. Determine safety issues relative to a specific D1 or D2 potable water
distribution system and conduct an effective safety program to prevent on
the job injuries.

Topics and Scope
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I.      Introduction
       A.  Overview of Potable Water Distribution Systems
       B.  Roles and Responsibilities of the Distribution System
       C.  Certification of Distribution System Operators
II.     Distribution System Facilities
       A.  Water Mains and Appurtenances
       B.  Pipe Installation
       C.  Valves, Fire Hydrants, Meters
III.    Flow in Pipes
       A.  Hydraulic and Energy Grade Line
       B.  Friction Loss in Pipes
IV.     Storage Facilities
       A.  Types and Purpose of Storage Facilities
       B.  Operation and Maintenance of Storage Facilities
       C.  Inspection of Storage Facilities
       D.  Removing a Storage Facility from Service and Returning it to
       E.  Collect Water Quality Samples from a Storage Facility
       F.  Disinfection of Storage Facilities
V.      Pumps
       A.  Principles of Centrifugal Pump Operation
       B.  Operation and Maintenance of Centrifugal Pumps
       C.  Specifying Centrifugal Pumps for Potable Water Distribution
           System Applications
VI.     Instrumentation and Control
       A.  Types and Purpose of Instrumentation and Controls
       B.  Primary Sensors
       C.  Telemetry and Display
       D.  Control Systems
VII.    Distribution System Operation and Maintenance
       A.  Water Distribution System Surveillance Program
       B.  Water Distribution System Water Quality Monitoring Program
       C.  Cross-Connection Control Program
       D.  Locate, Repair, Flush and Clean Distribution System Mains.
       E.  Test and Read Meters
       F.  Disinfect Mains and Storage Facilities
       G.  Record Keeping
VIII.   Water Quality Considerations
       A.  Types and Sources of Contaminants in Distribution Systems
       B.  Causes and Corrective Action to Eliminate Water Quality
           Degradation in Distribution Systems
IX.     Disinfection
       A.  Disinfection of Water System facilities
       B.  Chlorine Dosage Calculations
       C.  Operate and Maintain Hypochlorinators and Gas Chlorinators
       D.  Trouble Shooting Chlorination Systems
       E.  Chlorine Safety
X.      Safety
       A.  Potable Water Distribution System Safety Program
       B.  Personal Safety
       C.  Safety Around Common Distribution System Facilities
       D.  Working in Streets
XI.     Record Keeping (Measurements)
       A.  Operational Records
       B.  Maintenance Records
       C.  Regulatory Compliance Records

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1. Reading assignments, approximately 10-20 pages per week.
2. Complete questions at the end of each textbook chapter.
3. Problem solving homework assignments related to operation and maintenance of potable distribution systems.
4. Weekly quizzes.
5. Comprehensive final exam.

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
0 - 0%
This is a degree applicable course but assessment tools based on writing are not included because problem solving assessments are more appropriate for this course.
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
30 - 50%
Homework problems, Review questions.
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Multiple choice, True/false, Matching items, Completion, Short answer.
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
5 - 10%
Class participation.

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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Water Distribution System Operation and Maintenance, Fifth Edition.
Published by: Office of Water Programs, Sacramento Foundation, 2005.

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